What are the odds? A NEO Red Cross International Case.

The services provided by the Red Cross offers hope to so many in our community, in so many different ways.

Recently, a Restoring Family Links (RFL) client in Stark County was searching for his Registration Records. The RFL program, offered through our local chapters, is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. The Movement is present in every country in the world and is supported by millions of volunteers.  As part of a global network, the movement assists individuals who are attempting to find family members who were separated by armed conflict or other situations of violence and disasters. Depending on the circumstance, the program can assist an individual with obtaining records.

The Stark County client filled out all of the necessary paper work with RFL caseworker, Barb. Once his request was processed, his records were sent to the chapter.

When Melissa, the International Affairs Manager, received the documents she attempted to contact the client but a recording stated that the phone had been disconnected.

“I hope his address is current. I will have to send him a letter advising him that his requested paperwork has arrived,” she mused out loud.

“How else will you find this man?” said a Red Cross volunteer working in Melissa’s office.  The volunteer asked for the client’s name.

“Oh my goodness! He lives across the way from my apartment,” she exclaimed when Melissa told her the name.

What are the odds?

The Red Cross volunteer went home that day and told her neighbor, the client, that his documents had come into the office that very day.

“I have been waiting for these papers. Now I can begin to move forward with my life!” he stated.

To learn more about our International Services, visit www.redcross.org/international or contact your local Red Cross Chapter.

Why we Red Cross: Volunteering

Ingrid, a Red Cross volunteer stands with her husband, John.

Ingrid, a Red Cross volunteer stands with her husband, John.

Before meeting her husband, Ingrid Normington worked as a marine biologist helping to develop a sustainable plan for the 7,100 islands and islets in her native Philippines. In the early days of their relationship, John, retired military, and Ingrid were pen pals. Once they decided to marry, Ingrid and her daughter Maya returned with John to his home in Stark County.

In the wake of international events starting with September 11, 2001, John re-enlisted in the National Guard. Ingrid immersed herself into being a military wife. She volunteered with a military family readiness group where she met Melissa Seibert, the Red Cross Service to Armed Forces Manager for the Northeast Ohio Region.

“Melissa empowered me and continues to empower me,” says Ingrid, who now volunteers with military families through the Stark County Chapter. Ingrid understands the power of having someone there who understands the situation many military families go through. John recently returned from active duty in Afghanistan.

The Red Cross gives support to active-duty military members, National Guard and Reserve members, veterans and their families. We provide pre-deployment briefings, called “Get to Know Us Before You Need Us,” and connect families with needed resources when their loved ones are deployed.

For more information on our Service to Armed Forces programs, visit our website or contact your local Red Cross Chapter.